The exhibition 'What Lies Beneath' strives to capture one of the current conditions of our culture. The exhibition project 'Desire' will present a selection from Borusan Contemporary Art Collection and cover all sites of venue except temporary exhibition spaces.
What Lies Beneath
curated by: Christiane Paul
The exhibition What Lies Beneath strives to capture one of the current conditions of our culture: an atmosphere of increasing alienation and decaying trust resulting from factors that often lie beneath the surface of the visible. The show comprises three room-size installations by Michal Rovner, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Zimoun that create a contemplative space for reflecting on cultural and social conditions and visceral forces that may not be easily perceivable and create feelings of uncertainty.
The world is currently witnessing a momentous period of instability and conflict, leading to existential forms of alienation for individuals. The systems and forces creating these conditions are often difficult to understand in their complexities, which generates feelings of insecurity and a fear of the “other,” be it an individual, ethnic or religious group, or a circumstance such as persecution or poverty.
The works in the exhibition invite the audience to ponder the complexities of systems and the human condition that remain beneath the surface. Krzysztof Wodiczko's large-scale video projection Guests consists of projected windows that display a slightly blurry view of immigrants from countries around the world, raising concerns on the quality of their life. In Michal Rovner's Broken Time (2009) and Untitled 4 (Panorama) (2015), the movements of tiny human figures become "human marks," a hieroglyphic text that reflects on migration and disruptions, as well as the relationships between time and space and their legibility. Zimoun's site-specific installation 240 prepared dc-motors, cardboard boxes 60x20x20 cm (2013/15), meanwhile, consists of a room full of tall, standing cardboard boxes that move and shake driven by ominous forces, thereby creating a sound architecture that invites the audience to contemplate the complexity of its environment.
A Selection from Borusan Contemporary Art Collection
Curator: Dr. Necmi Sönmez
The exhibition project “Desire” will present a selection from Borusan Contemporary Art Collection at the Perili Kösk and cover all sites of venue except temporary exhibition spaces. The presentation focuses on the thema “desire” as a metaphor. Borusan Contemporary Art Collection is the first institutional collection which is dedicated to the New Media Art in Turkey. The exhibition brings mainly digitally created works together from different artists generations, among them Martin Walde,Rick Silva, Lale Delibaş, Shilpa Gupta, Zeynep Beler,Ola Kolehmainen. The exhibition will also present ‘Water Score’, the new site-specific sound and video work by Dutch artist Allard van Hoorn, commissioned especially for Perili Köşk by Borusan Contemporary.
Image: Krzysztof Wodiczko, Guests, 2008–09. Installation view, 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009. Courtesy of Profile Foundation, Warsaw.
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Opening: Saturday 5 September 2015
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